The 27th annual Reel Asian International Film Festival kicks off today in Toronto. Running until November 19, Reel Asian opens with Fawzia Mirza’s drama The Queen of My Dreams following its acclaimed debut at TIFF this year. POV‘s Alejandra De La Huerta recently spoke with Reel Asian Artistic Director Aram Siu Wai Collier about some of the documentaries screening at this year’s festival.
Feature docs at Reel Asian 2023 include We Will Be Brave, Chrisann Hessing’s portrait of the Toronto collective the Good Guise, a community group that seeks to reframe conversations about masculinity. Women’s stories, meanwhile, fuel Jude Chehab’s Q as she takes audiences on an intergenerational road movie that considers a matriarchal religious order. Chloe Abraham’s The Taste of Mango is a poetic study of trauma and resilience, while Reel Asian hosts the world premiere of veteran filmmaker Keith Lock’s Relics of Love and War, which examines the filmmaker’s family history through archives.
Watch the interview below to learn about more highlights at this year’s festival!